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Friday's Strike Rally Biggest Yet

Close to 4,000 people — the largest crowd since the strike began — gathered outside the Fox lot today as the writers’ strike entered its fifth day. The mood among striking writers was, um, upbeat. “Yippee kai pay motherf*****,” cheered Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, to rousing applause. “We are going to win this thing. They know they are in the wrong here. The logic would be
obvious to a child. A novelist receives royalties for his books. A
musician receives royalties for their songs. Screenwriters deserve fair
royalties for their work.”

Not only were some of television’s top showrunners on hand Lost’s Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry — but a bunch of actors showed up as well, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David, Tom Arnold, and Dennis Haysbert. Strikers carried picket signs, shouted
chants, shut down two major streets, and enjoyed refreshments provided by the
agencies. William Morris brought coffee and bagels, UTA handed out energy bars, and those show-offs at CAA provided agency-baked churros.

While rally entertainment was provided by Rage Against the
Machine’s Tom Morello, WGA
West President Patric Verrone was all business, introducing a series of speakers, including
Reverend Jesse Jackson, WGA negotiating
committee chair John Bowman, and
SAG president Alan Rosenberg. Meanwhile, one writer-director-producer summed up the strikers’ position well: “I don’t think
people really understand that the studios are asking the writers to
take a gigantic step backwards,” said Judd Apatow. “If you are going to watch your shows on
the Internet and it’s going to be hooked up to your TV, then writers
should get paid an amount equivalent to what they normally get.
Anything other than that is just a money grab.”

While rally entertainment was provided by Rage Against theMachine’s Tom Morello, WGAWest President Patric Verrone was all business, introducing a series of speakers, includingReverend Jesse Jackson, WGA negotiatingcommittee chair John Bowman, andSAG president Alan Rosenberg. Meanwhile, one writer-director-producer summed up the strikers’ position well: “I don’t thinkpeople really understand that the studios are asking the writers totake a gigantic step backwards,” said Judd Apatow. “If you are going to watch your shows onthe Internet and it’s going to be hooked up to your TV, then writersshould get paid an amount equivalent to what they normally get.Anything other than that is just a money grab.”

Originally posted November 10 2007 — 12:46 AM EST

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